Summers in Illinois are hot, humid, and miserable... especially without a functional air conditioning system. Preparing your HVAC system ahead of time can improve its efficiency and prevent dreaded breakdowns.
We have some steps you can take to properly prepare your HVAC system for summer so that you can keep cool and comfortable. Ready to learn more? Let’s dive in!
1. Change Air Filters
One of the most crucial steps in preparing your HVAC system for summer is changing your air filters. Air filters play a crucial role in maintaining indoor air quality by trapping dust, dirt, and other airborne particles.
These particles build in the filter over time which causes it to become clogged, reducing airflow. This can lead to increased energy consumption and even damage to your HVAC system.
Here’s how you can change your air filters:
- Locate the air filter: Most units have an air filter located in the air handler unit.
- Turn off the system: Before removing the filter, turn off the HVAC system to prevent any dust or debris from being sucked into the system.
- Remove the old filter: Once you have located the filter, remove it from its slot.
- Install the new filter: Take the new filter and slide it into the slot, making sure it is securely in place. Be sure to double-check the direction of the airflow indicated on the filter.
- Turn on the system: Once the new filter is installed, turn the HVAC system back on and let it run for a few minutes to ensure proper airflow.
According to the Department of Energy, replacing a clogged filter with a fresh one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5 to 15%. It's important to do this every one to three months for maximum efficiency. Constant use of air conditioning in the summer may lead to more frequent replacement of your filter. Remember to check it often during the summer months to ensure that your system is running at its full potential.
2. Clean Around Your Outdoor Unit
The winter can make quite a mess outside. Take the time to clear any debris from around your unit. Any loose sticks and leaves should be removed.
Don’t forget to grab the hedge trimmers. All bushes or tree branches that are within a few feet from your unit should be trimmed back. It’s imperative for there to be at least a two-foot diameter of open space around the outdoor unit. This will ensure a free flow of air through your system.
3. Check the Thermostat
Your thermostat is the heart of your HVAC system. Before summer is here, make sure it's functioning correctly and cooling your home as desired.
When checking your thermostat, turn off your HVAC system. Once it’s off, remove the cover from your thermostat and check the wiring for any signs of damage. You can also test your thermostat by adjusting the temperature and listening for a click as it turns on and off.
Checking your thermostat ensures that your HVAC system is running efficiently in the heat of summer. If you notice any issues with your thermostat, contact us to fix it!
4. Schedule a Tune-Up with Us
While there are many steps you can take to prepare your HVAC system for summer, the best way to guarantee that it's running efficiently and effectively is to schedule a professional tune-up. Our trained technicians can inspect your entire system, clean any parts that need it, and make any necessary repairs or adjustments.
By having a professional tune-up before summer is here, you’ll prevent future issues with your system while saving money on energy bills.
Preparing your HVAC system for summer is an essential part of maintaining a comfortable and healthy home. You’ll have peace of mind that your HVAC system is running at peak performance this summer.